Port Credit truly transforms into a Christmas Village throughout the holiday season.  From the lit trees, to the beautifully decorated storefronts and displays, the spirit of Christmas is all around us.  For community members, many of their favourite holiday traditions and fondest memories from childhood to adulthood have taken place in the village.

Home is truly where the heart is, and you wouldn’t want to be anywhere other than the village during the winter season.  The following are traditions in the village we can’t live without at Christmas:

Shopping at Gift Boutiques

Port Credit is home to some of the finest gift boutiques in the city!  The interior and exterior of the shops are decked out in Christmas décor, with an endless selection of quality goods. Port Credit is home to numerous gift boutiques. Impressionable Gifts and Décor carries everything from ladies’ fashions, jewellery and accessories to wall décor and accent furniture. Visit Ric’s Recollection where you can find the latest LP for the music lover on your list. The merchandise in village boutiques are one-of-a-kind, making each item you pick out a special gift for your loved ones.  Shop the neighbourhood this holiday season to discover the finest items for all of your gift giving needs!

Holiday Baked Goods

Port Credit is also home to some of the most renowned bakeries and cafés in the city. For mouth-watering desserts, give the cakes and pastries from La Villa Bakery and Café a try! During the holidays La Villa Bakery and Café is renowned for their homemade cookie trays.  Their delicious gingerbread houses are also a hot commodity during the holiday season!

Hot Beverages

A little warmth goes a long way, especially during the cold winter months.  Warming our hands around a hot latte or cup of cocoa is invigorating.  Port Credit is home to a plethora of coffee houses from Second Cup, to Starbucks, to independent coffee houses.  The options for specialty made coffees and herbal teas are endless: from cappuccinos to lattes to hot chocolate and ciders.  No matter what your flavour is, there is a hot drink to indulge, comfort and soothe you this winter.  This time of year, coffee shops always come out with holiday specialty drinks like spice lattes and peppermint mochas, which are only available during the winter season.  Make sure to give these holiday drinks a sample before they are gone.  Unwind from the chaos experienced during the holidays, and plan to meet a family or friend at your local coffee shop and enjoy a cup of joe together!

Caroling in the Park

What better way to celebrate the holiday season than engaging in the singing of your favourite Christmas carols?  The Annual Caroling in the Park will take place on December 9th from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Port Credit Memorial Park.   Join for this holiday tradition and bring your children along to enjoy an evening of singing along to all your favourite Christmas carols. Enjoy free warm cranberry punch, courtesy of The Lion’s Club, prepared in their infamous cauldron. You can also enjoy complimentary shortbread cookies.   Bring a mug and a candle or flashlight.  The Rotary Club will be collecting donations for The Compass. Free parking is available by Port Credit Library and Port Credit Arena, south of the Lighthouse or GO Station.

The Spirit of Giving

On New Year’s Day there will be a Polar Bear Dip, hosted by The Brogue.  Brave participants will jump into the chilly waters of Lake Ontario on a brisk New Year’s Day morning to benefit local charities.

‘Twas the Bite Before Christmas charity works to fight hunger and feed hope in the community.  When ‘Twas the Bite Before Christmas was started back in 2009, their objective was to create something inclusive that would connect with the community’s natural impulse to give.  Each year there is a series of events leading up to the ‘Twas the Bite Before Christmas Turkey Dinner, where the community of Port Credit comes together to raise money and food donations to fight hunger by giving generously to those in need.  For more information visit www.twasthebitebeforechristmas.com.

Dining in the Village

Save yourself the hassle of hosting a dinner event and plan an evening out at one of your favourite dining establishments in the village.  Dining out during the holidays will put you in the Christmassy spirit. Port Credit is also known for its quality restaurants including Breakwater Dining Room, Shore, Spice Lounge and Tapas and Snug Harbour.  More pub inspired restaurants include The Pump House Grille Co.  and The Crooked Cue.  Roc ‘n’ Docs is also known for its delicious pub food and live entertainment every night of the week!  Come out on Christmas Eve to see Chuck Jackson performing.

Winter Stroll through the Village

There is something about the way the streets and storefronts are decked out in Christmas décor, and the glistening snow covering the streets that makes walking through the village on a crisp cold day so inviting. The cold air is refreshing and invigorating and helps us to clear our heads and reduce stress. Not to mention, there are many proven health benefits to walking for a minimum of 20 minutes a day.  Grab a warm drink and hit the main street strip for some window shopping across the village.  If it gets too chilly, you can always warm up inside one of the boutiques.  Embrace the crisp, quiet stillness of winter this holiday season; bundle up and take a stroll.

Holiday Honey Brew

The Old Credit Brewing Company’s Holiday Honey Brew is a medium bodied seasonal beer made from Canada’s best honey.  This delicious honey beer has been embraced by the local community and is a staple at any holiday gathering in Port Credit.  Holiday Honey has a unique flavour aroma and delicate honey taste.  At the Old Credit Brewing Company their goal is ensure quality, freshness and taste.  They brew in small batches, no there are no additives or preservatives.  Sample Holiday Honey this holiday season and pick up a batch to enjoy at your family gatherings.  Old Credit Brewing Company is located at 6 Queen Street West in Port Credit.

Sledding and Tobogganing in the Village

In Port Credit there are a few locations to choose from.  A popular hotspot is the steep hill beside Rattray Marsh, located behind Green Glade Senior Public School.  There is plenty of parking available at the school.  Jack Darling Memorial Park. Located at 1180 Lakeshore Road West is a great place to ride the hills.  Lastly, Birchwood Park, located at 1547 Lakeshore Road West is the ideal location for sledding, with its wide, long and steep hill.  Head out to a nearby hill and slide down in a toboggan to your hearts content. Climbing up the hill repeatedly is excellent exercise, and a great leg workout.  The thrill of the ride down makes each uphill hike worthwhile!

Don’t miss out on the Christmas festivities happening in the villages throughout the month of December.  Experience the magic of Christmas in the Port Credit this holiday season!